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Valentine’s Chocolate that Won’t Break Your Heart

Special Event Accessible Event

Date & Time:

Tuesday February 14, 6 to 7:30 p.m. OR 8 to 9:30 p.m.


RBG Centre (680 Plains Rd W)


Courses and Programs, Food and Drink, Special Event


2+ Hours


Pre-Registration Required, Ticketed Event

Event Description

One of RBG’s Courses & Workshops

Join RBG for a unique experience that allows you to taste, learn and experience the history of chocolate. Joined by Michael Sacco, founder and owner of  ChocoSol, you’ll embark on a delicious learning community and social enterprise which prides itself on transparency we will learn about the ecology of forest gardens, how the terroir influences flavour, and how cacao is produced sustainably. Throughout the evening you’ll taste and describe at least 8 varieties of fair-trade and organic chocolate, Mexican style drinking chocolate and tamales!

This delicious date night for chocolate lovers takes place at the main RBG Centre inside surrounded by the beauty of the greenhouse with a chance to see cacao trees from the RBG Living Collections

Your evening out will be a delicious chocolate tasting experience and include:

  • A short introduction on the history of chocolate
  • An explanation of the process from cocoa bean to bar
  • Tasting and describing at least 8 varieties of chocolate
  • Authentic Mexican drinking chocolate
  • Fresh tamales!

Participants will have the chance to ask questions and share tasting thoughts as they go.


Sweet Potato and Black Bean Mole Tamales

Made with stone ground maize (corn) & extra virgin coconut oil, as a fat substitute to the more traditional lard, which keeps them vegan, free of nuts, soy, dairy and gluten.

Ingredients: Local sustainable maize, coconut oil, salt, sweet potato, black bean, pinto beans, epazote, mixed herbs.


Dietary Accommodations: Dairy-free and vegan options are available at no additional cost. Chocolate samples are nut-free. However, please note that samples may have come come from a facility containing known food allergens, including, but not limited to: wheat, eggs, corn, milk, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, and various fruits.

Fee: $85 + Service Fee (Members 10% off*)
Please pre-register by February 4**

  • cacao pods on a tree branch
  • Michael standing with his arms full of large cacao pods
  • hand full of cacao
  • cacao cut open and laid open flat on a leaf
Michael Sacco standing in a small chocolate shop

About Michael Sacco

Michael Sacco is a technologist, writer and chocolatier. He founded ChocoSol, an artisanal chocolate company which he has termed a learning community social enterprise promoting the diversity of production of organic cacao through a structure defined as horizontal trade. Rather than sell commodities, says Michael, ChocoSol extends symbolic invitations: the chocolate is an expression and vehicle for our dignity, creativity and learning.

Honoured as Toronto Food Policy Councils Local Food Hero in September 2009, he believes in open-source learning and building, and has been designing green production systems using solar power, pedal power, and waste diversion and upcycling techniques. ChocoSols bicycle-powered chocolate grinders earned it the title of Toronto’s Best New Bicycle Business in 2008.

Register for Taste of the Gardens: Valentine’s Chocolate that Won’t Break Your Heart

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*RBG Members receive 10% off most RBG Experiences programming when using the member discount code. Learn more about where to find the code.

**Pre-Registration is required for all RBG Courses & Workshops, ideally by the date provided to allow the program organizers to best prepare. If the indicated “register by” date has passed, you may still be able to register for the program, provided there is space still available.

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